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Karvalo
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Attermann wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:35 pm
Seems like he was I bit arrogant in his preparations, seems like he hasn't spent much time on the MTB, and arrived late, and didn't understand when it was told to him the ramp would be removed
It sounds like the team setup was arrogant, tbh. Vader told him at lunch on the day of the race that the ramp hadn't been there for the test event. Even if he understood then that it wouldn't be there anymore he's just spent every single lap of the practice days mentally prepping to use it. And the Dutch team coach says he doesn't know why MvdP thought it would be there - well what on earth does that guy think his own job is if not to make sure his riders know this stuff?

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robbosmans wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:25 pm
This really wasn’t that crazy technical, everything had smooth transitions and all the rocks where placed carefully to make some nice lines. If there is any course not to pick a dropper its this one.
True, despite the appearance no-one else crashed out unlike Rio or London. The course designer deserves a lot of credit, it looked fantastic, made great use of the natural terrain as well as artificial features and was a great advert for the sport.

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Dan Gerous
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I wondered, why was the ramp there at all? What was the point of even having it during training? It's not like the course was open to be ridden by any random tourists or local kids... Why not just install it once the Olympics are over and the course is open to the public?

But yeah, the dutch team management has not been impressive in Tokyo, seems to be there just for the free trip than actually doing whatever they need to do to make sure their riders have the best preparation and the most chances to have the best results they can.

With that said, even without the crash, I'm not sure Mathieu could have beaten Pidcock today... but a silver or bronze medal is still great, much better than a trip at the hospital.

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I don't know for sure, but I don't think there was a B-line around the drop, so maybe the ramp was in place during practice to give an option to not jump every time. VdP came in fully committed to pumping down the ramp.
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by eurostar

Cink's flat was a bit of a disaster. It looked like the only flat of the race...or the only one shown on the TV. Was it a sharp stone, or a tyre failure, or what? What kind of setup would the riders have had? Do any of them use tubs?

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robbosmans wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:25 pm
This really wasn’t that crazy technical, everything had smooth transitions and all the rocks where placed carefully to make some nice lines. If there is any course not to pick a dropper its this one.
Yes which is why so many had them and used em.

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Do you even ride a mtb?

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by Miller

Tropical storm has come in and the weather in Tokyo looks foul with wind and rain. Will make things difficult for the women's triathlon and MTB XC.

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eurostar wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:22 pm
Cink's flat was a bit of a disaster. It looked like the only flat of the race...or the only one shown on the TV. Was it a sharp stone, or a tyre failure, or what? What kind of setup would the riders have had? Do any of them use tubs?
I think Nino was the last tubular holdout with Dugast, but switched to Maxxis tubeless when he went 29er. And ironically had a couple of flats first race out!

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Miller wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:45 pm
Tropical storm has come in and the weather in Tokyo looks foul with wind and rain. Will make things difficult for the women's triathlon and MTB XC.
Jolanda Neff might be feeling some optimism coming back :wink:

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by sychen

Dutch "curse" continues... Niek Kimmann a BMX rider in practice hits an official crossing the course at the wrong time... Sore knee but hopes to be fine for the race.


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The "ramp" has been reinstalled for the women's XC race
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by sychen

Karvalo wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:15 pm
Miller wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:45 pm
Tropical storm has come in and the weather in Tokyo looks foul with wind and rain. Will make things difficult for the women's triathlon and MTB XC.
Jolanda Neff might be feeling some optimism coming back :wink:
Good call.. Neff 30secs in front after one lap.
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sychen wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:26 am
Dutch "curse" continues... Niek Kimmann a BMX rider in practice hits an official crossing the course at the wrong time... Sore knee but hopes to be fine for the race.
You couldn't script it. This one was unequivocally the officials' fault and nothing to do with the rider, but still!

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by sychen

Swiss absolute domination 1,2,3... Prevot is gone...
disappointed to see McConnell 5min down... she had such a solid run of results in the WC this year.

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